Not a load of [censored] at all, Paul (and thanks for your input).
But (and with reference to your closing paragraph) ... when is all this good stuff going to actually happen
(independent assessment by external means, and all the rest)?
This whole issue has just been a Talking Shop for (insert how many) years now.
Meanwhile, life is passing us all by!
My vote says this:- abandon the VRCT, carry out a brief (but proper) consultation with "the troops", then re-launch the thing in a more up-to-date way, with clear aims, properly communicated ... and then just get on with it (and hurry up, too)!
The bottom line is this:- you can't just issue a diktat
... you have to carry the troops with you!